RwandAir lands first flight in Paris

RwandAir aircraft and staff members at Paris airport.
Photo Credit: RwandAir

RwandAir, the flag carrier of Rwanda, operated its first flight between Kigali and Paris on June 27. The route is served by the carrier for the first time and will accommodate the title as the only gateway between Rwanda and France.

The carrier will be utilising their fleet of Airbus A330 aircraft on a three-times weekly schedule roundtrip to the Kigali International Airport (KGL) from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG).

Bonjour, Paris!

RwandAir has bid its “bonjour” to Paris in the past week, as the company inaugurated its first service between Kigali and Paris. The route becomes the 25th destination in RwandAir’s route map, and will be flown three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Flown on the company’s fleet of Airbus A330 widebody aircraft, flight WB700 departs Kigali every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 00:40 am, arriving at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 09:30 the same day.

For the return leg, flight WB701 will leave Paris 12 hours later, at 9:30pm, where it will land back in Kigali at 6:00am the following morning.

Additionally, the new route between Kigali and Paris becomes the first in-air gateway between Rwanda and France – a small gateway of just eight hours and thirty minutes.


RwandAir statements

On the recently inaugurated route, RwandAir Chief Executive Officer, Yvonne Makolo, said:

“We are excited and proud today to celebrate the start of RwandAir’s new three-times-a-week service to Paris from Kigali. We know this fantastic new route to the French capital will prove very popular with our customers.”

“From tourists looking to discover the chic and sophisticated city of Paris, or eager to explore the beauty and wildlife of Rwanda, RwandAir’s new flights will also reunite friends and families and enable businesses to build stronger international links.”

“We look forward to growing our presence in the French market as we continue to expand our international route network and connect Africa with Europe and more overseas destinations.” she concluded.

Route announced in April

The route was first announced in April of this year, and was set to allow travellers from the French capital to travel to Africa, to explore Africa’s hidden gem. Rwanda has loads to offer, ranging from its incredible scenery and wildlife, tonational parks housing mountain gorillas.

On the announcement which took place in April just this year, RwandAir CEO, Yvonne Makolo commented: “The launch of our first-ever flights to Paris is an exciting development in RwandAir’s continuing expansion and a testament to the importance of French-Rwandan relations”

She furthered on how relations between the two nations will be better off: “France is a major market for RwandAir as we connect the continents of Africa and Europe through our home hub in Kigali with this new direct service to Paris, one of the world’s top tourism destinations.

“French travelers can look forward to a warm welcome onboard on our inaugural flight today and for many more years to come as we deepen the ties of friendship and fraternity between France and Rwanda.”

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